Tippecanoe School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies


Field trips, when used for teaching and integrated into courses of study, are an educationally sound and important ingredient in the instructional program of the schools. Field trips should:

 A.be properly planned and executed;

 B.supplement and enrich classroom procedures by utilizing appropriate learning experiences in an environment outside the schools;

 C.arouse new interests among students;

 D.bring the resources of the community - natural, artistic, industrial, commercial, governmental, educational - within the student's learning experience;

 E.insure that student behavior complies with the Student Code of Conduct;

 F.have prior written approval of parents/guardians to include a copy of each student's Emergency Medical Authorization Form in possession of the staff member in charge.

For purposes of this policy, a field trip shall be defined as any planned journey for one (1) or more students away from Corporation premises, which is under the supervision of a professional staff member and an integral part of a course of study. Other Corporation-sponsored trips shall be defined as any planned student-travel activity which is approved as part of the Corporation's total educational program.

A professional staff member shall not change a planned itinerary while the trip is in progress, except where the health, safety, or welfare of the students in his/her charge is imperiled. In any instance in which the itinerary of a trip is altered, the professional staff member in charge shall notify the administrative supervisor as soon as reasonably possible.

Prior Board approval for the following field trips is necessary:

 A.Any field trip which will use non-school bus transportation;

 B.Any field trip which goes out-of-state;

 C.Any field trip which involves an overnight stay.

All other field trips will be approved administratively. The administration shall differentiate between field trips and other Corporation-sponsored trips. The administration shall establish differing rates for use of Corporation owned buses for the two (2) types of trips.

The principal shall be responsible for having an adequate number of teachers and adult chaperones to supervise field trips. Teachers and chaperones shall insure that student behavior complies with the Student Code of Conduct during all phases of field trips.

Pursuant to State law, school buses may be used if the trip does not involve more than 200 miles out of state. The distance restriction does not apply to "special purpose" buses.

I.C. 20-27-9-3
I.C. 26-23-9-5

Revised 5/8/13

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